De-Clutter and Organize
| Robin Tripaldi
Is your closet cluttered? The holiday season is weeks away—will you have enough space to store presents and purchases? It might be time to organize your closet to make room for your new winter wardrobe and those gifts coming your way.
Making space is not always easy. It will probably mean parting with clothing you’ve been hoarding for years. Asking a good friend to come over for support will make the job easier.
Where do you begin?
A popular de-cluttering strategy is to clear out anything you have not worn in 6 months or a year. That sounds good, but it may not be practical in every case.
What about heirloom items and accessories you use infrequently? Do they stay or do they go? If you decide to keep something sentimental, find a place to store it, such as under your bed or pack it away.
As you review each item in your closet, think about how you feel when you wear it. Does it make you feel good? If not pitch it.
Is the item hard to maintain? Do you need to dry clean or iron it? Is the upkeep worth it? If not, let it go.
It’s best to be realistic and organize your storage space so you can maximize your space, and also so you can find what you’re looking for when you need it.
Once you’ve gone through your closet and decided what you want to keep, be sure the items you choose to hold on to, fit. No saving something just in case you “might” fit into it after you lose a few pounds. Let it go.
If you’re short on space, keep clothing you can mix and match. An array of accessories, including bags and shoes, will beef up your wardrobe options without stuffing your closet.
Store your bags carefully and protect your investment with the Luxe Bag Care (LBC) Acrylic Handbag Hanger. It hangs from your closet rod and supports your straps without kinking or crimping. Just empty your bag, position the straps and reshape the corners and sides.
You might be surprised to know the reason we hold on to so much stuff. It’s fear: What if I need the item in the future? We use that short phrase to rationalize keeping things we don’t need and don’t use.
Go ahead, tackle your closet. You’ll actually feel lighter.